NASA’s Chandra spacecraft snaps out of ‘safe mode’ funk, resumes operations

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It was only a few days ago that NASA announced its Chandra X-Ray Observatory was experiencing a bit of unexpected downtime. The spacecraft was forced to enter its automated safe mode, which it's designed to do if it detects that something is wrong. NASA noticed the glitch on Wednesday and announced the unfortunate status of the satellite on Friday.

Now, in a new update from the Chandra team, NASA reveals that they've figured out what was wrong with the observatory and that all is well once more. Coincidentally, the error was caused by one of Chandra's gyroscopes that it uses for orientation, which is also the reason that the aging Hubble is currently in a safe mode of its own.

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